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Dog Licensing in Delaware

License being attached to dog's collar

Effective January 1, 2016, the State of Delaware Office of Animal Welfare assumed animal control duties from the City of Wilmington and Counties. This includes statewide dog licensing, which replaces licensing by all three counties in Delaware.

License Requirements

All dogs six months and older as of January 1st of a given calendar year must be licensed for that year, as required by law.

If your dog turns six months old between January 1st and March 1st of any year, the March 1st requirement applies. If the dog turns six months on or after March 1st, you must license the dog at that time for the current year.

A rabies vaccination certificate that has been signed or stamped by a veterinarian, including vaccination and expiration dates, is required to get a license. The limiting factor for a one, two, or three-year license is the expiration date of the rabies certificate. The rabies certificate must be valid through March 1st of each year that you intend to license your dog (or in other words, the rabies expiration date must occur after March 1st of the year of the dog license you are trying to purchase expires).

All licenses expire on December 31st of the appropriate license year purchased. Dog owners should attach the license tag to a collar, and the tag should be worn by the dog at all times. A paper license will be provided along with the tag, and should be retained as the tag alone is not always sufficient proof of licensing. Fines maybe be incurred for an unlicensed dog.

License Fees

  1 Year 2 Years 3 Years
Unaltered Dog $15 $30 $45
Altered Dog $10 $20 $30

Replacement Tag   $5

Where to Buy

State of Delaware dog licenses are available online and by mail through the PetData website. Licenses can be purchased in person at DHA's Vaccination Clinics, at our animal care and adoption center in the Riverfront area of Wilmington, and several other locations.

Need Help?

If you have any questions or need more information, please visit the PetData website or contact the Office of Animal Welfare at (302) 255-4626.